“Dance Among Elephants” Press Release

It’s an exciting text from a rarely heard perspective that will change the way many people see the Lao journey and more importantly, the Lao future.

Sahtu Press is happy to announce the forthcoming release of “Dance Among Elephants” an original poetry collection by Krysada Binly Panusith Phounsiri in 4th quarter, 2014. This is the debut collection of Phounsiri, a San Diego native and the second book to be published by Sahtu Press, which specializes in literary work by Laotian Americans.

“Dance Among Elephants” will be released in softcover format with over 70 pages of previously unpublished poetry and photography touching on the Laotian American experience.

The personal and historical are intertwined in Phounsiri's energizing collection, “Dance Among Elephants.” Using a variety of styles, Phounsiri demonstrates his versatility bringing powerful memories and dreams together in a profound meditation of love and loss. Poems of his include “Street Masquerade,” “Elephant Dancer,” “Afterlife” and “Ode to Kao Niew.”

Some poems speak from his experiences as a Lao American and his family’s struggles to rebuild after the war for Laos. Others confront lingering ghosts of unexploded ordnance still in Laos, clashes of the heart, and efforts to preserve the voices of his elders while charting a course uniquely his own. “Dance Among Elephants” is brimming with elegance, electricity and truth.

“This is a wonderful addition to the body of Lao American literature,” said award-winning writer Nor Sanavongsay. “It's an exciting text from a rarely heard perspective that will change the way many people see the Lao journey and more importantly, the Lao future.”

Krysada Binly Panusith Phounsiri is a Lao American who was born in Houay Xai, Laos. He immigrated to the U.S. at age two where he lived in Southeast San Diego. He began writing poetry at age 11, but fell in love with poetry when he attended UC Berkeley. He was a Physics/Astrophysics double major, with a minor in Creative Writing, and a professional dancer who has performed internationally. He is also an avid photographer. His work has appeared previously in publications such as the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s national photo project “A Day In the Life of Asian America”.

Pre-orders for Dance Among Elephants will be available soon, with an estimated price of $15, plus shipping and handling.

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